Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jessie Vetter is finalist for Sportswoman of the Year

Jessie Vetter is one of 10 finalists for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year award. Looks like the final award will be based on fan voting, so you'll want to VOTE FOR JESSIE by August 9.
Jessie Vetter (Ice Hockey) – American. At the end of her senior year, goaltender Jessie Vetter became the all-time NCAA Division I leader for victories (91) and shutouts (39) and has the single-season shutout record (14). In November 2008, she led the U.S. Women’s Select Team to the Four Nations Cup. During her 2008-09 collegiate season with the University of Wisconsin, Vetter recorded 14 shutouts and had a national-best .942 save percentage. In March 2009, she became the first goaltender in history to start in four consecutive NCAA championship games, she led her team to a record of 33-2-5 and then helped them win a third NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship in four years. Also in March, Vetter won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey each season. USA Today named her Olympic Athlete of the Week in late March. After making 39 saves, Vetter helped Team USA defeat Canada and win the gold at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship and again was named Olympic Athlete of the Week by USA Today (April). In June, she was honored with the Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year award, given annually to an outstanding American-born women’s ice hockey player.
Here's the uwbadgers release, the usahockey release, and some love from the Cap Times. (Hey, look at that, some hockey coverage in TCT . . . )

The other finalists are:
Cara Black/Liezel Huber (Zimbabwe/US, tennis)
Marta Vieira da Silva (Brazil, soccer)
Nicole Fawcett (US, volleyball)
Hannah Nielsen (Australia, lacrosse)
Sandra Kiriasis (Germany, bobsled)
Renee Montgomery (US, basketball)
Shannon Kleibrink (Canada, curling)
Danielle Lawrie (Canada, softball)
Kelly Kulick (US, bowling)